Mel Gibson was not "fired" from a cameo on 'The Hangover 2'.
The film's director Todd Phillips has confirmed Gibson was not pushed out of the comedy sequel - in which he was expected to play a Bangkok Tattoo artist - to be replaced by Liam Neeson, but confirms the troubled star was only ever "doing a favour" for him.
He said: "No one was ever fired. It's a term that's so obscene to me.
"Someone was doing me a favour to come in for a two-minute cameo, and we changed it. It wasn't like we fired somebody. Gibson was just doing a favour from the beginning."
One of the film's stars, Zach Galifianakis, has previously hinted he was not happy with the idea of Gibson - who is currently undergoing a custody battle with ex-partner OKSANA GRIGORIEVA - taking a role in the film, which is currently shooting.
Although he did not mention any specifics, he said: "I'm in a deep protest right now with a movie I'm working on, up in arms about something."